Meet a Student; Faculty Music Coming Your Way; Brass Fest V announces schedule; more upcoming concerts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

News and Events from the Mead Witter School of Music

University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 North Park Street, Madison Wisconsin 53706

Ellen Cook

Student Focus: Meet Ellen Cook, Music Ed Freshman

“My name is Ellen Cook, and I am a freshman studying music education. I am from Stoughton, where I was involved in the high school’s orchestra program, played bass in the jazz ensemble, and was a member of a variety of small ensembles.  I was also a member of Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, which helped me learn more about UW-Madison, and was an important factor in my decision to come here.

“I chose to major in music education because I want to share the joy and relationships I’ve found through music with generations to come. I decided to come to UW Madison because it offered me a variety of top-notch performance and educational opportunities, both of which are extremely valuable in preparing me for my future as a teacher and musician.

“I am studying with Professor Uri Vardi, and am a member of the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra. I’m also enrolled in Musica Practica (our music theory course), Cello Pedagogy, Spanish, and Ancient Mediterranean History. One thing I appreciate about the School of Music is the opportunity to get involved beyond the classroom and rehearsals. I’m getting involved by working as an usher and as a member of the stage crew. All these experiences, and the people I share them with, will prepare me for a successful future in the classroom, and a fulfilling life.” Welcome, Ellen!

New Hamel Music Center construction images

Our website photography gallery, begun in March of 2017, is now updated with fresh images taken on a recent tour of the under-construction Hamel Music Center. On hand was the architect Malcolm Holzman, founding partner of the architectural design firm Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York, and architects from Strang and engineers from JP Cullen. Images by Michael R. Anderson.
Click to view full gallery; newest images are at bottom

More images can be found here:   Images by Jeff Miller; story by Käri Knutson.

Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Pro Arte Quartet, and the Wingra Wind Quintet coming to your neighborhood this fall

We like to call this “the Wisconsin Idea at its most audible.” Our three faculty quintets travel all over Wisconsin and frequently beyond, to both entertain and inform. A sample of upcoming dates include Fond du Lac, Rhinelander, and Baraboo (click here for full schedule). If you’d like to bring them to your community at some future date, contact

An addendum to our note about LunART, the all-women’s art festival held last July, founded by Iva Ugrcic (SOM DMA). Co-organizer Laura Medisky (SOM DMA) was inadvertently omitted from our publications.

“Dr. Laura Medisky and I joined forces back in October 2017, at the very early stage of LunART Festival planning. I have known Laura for couple of months at that moment and had a huge respect for her. She is a strong and independent woman with an amazing work ethic, and is extremely passionate about LunART’s mission. Her contribution to the festival was immense, and I could have not imagined a better ally with whom to undertake this journey. I am more than grateful to have found someone that I enjoy working with and who became my very close friend.”—Iva Urgcic.

Read about LunART in the Wisconsin State Journal

Elliott & Fry [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Edvard Grieg Society of Great Lakes to hold concert

Professor Mimmi Fulmer on its board
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was the first Norwegian composer to achieve international stature. A consummate master of both melody and harmony, intimately familiar with the idiosyncrasies of Norwegian folk music, he created works that struck his hearers as fresh, charming, even exotic, music that was strangely and interestingly different from anything they had heard before.

Join us in Morphy Hall on Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 PM for a free concert of Grieg music, with performers Gregory Martin and Luke and Mary Rose Norell  on piano; with Mimmi Fulmer and Anna Hersey, sopranos; and Alan Dunbar, baritone.

Download program and information here

Brass Fest V ready to rock

The School’s fifth BRASS FEST offers two days of free master classes, open rehearsals, and concerts with distinguished alumni: Amy Schendel, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Iowa; Adam Unsworth, professor of horn at the University of Michigan; Patrick Pfister, principal trombone of the Omaha Symphony; and Kent Eshelman, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Baylor University. Brass alumni are especially encouraged to attend!


Friday, Sept. 28
10 – Noon:  Brass Ensemble rehearsal — Room 1321
2:25-4 PM: Trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba master classes with alumni–  Rooms 1321, 2411, 2441 and Music Hall
8 PM Alumni Concert — Mills Concert Hall

Saturday, Sept. 29
10 – Noon: Brass Ensemble rehearsal — Mills Concert Hall
4-5 PM: Master Class/Open Rehearsal — Mills Concert Hall
8 PM Brass Ensemble Concert — Mills Concert Hall
Read about our guests, and download program and schedule

New Yorkers, take note

Professor of Viola, Sally Chisholm, in New York premiere of John Harbison trio
On Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 PM, Professor Sally Chisholm, violist with the Pro Arte Quartet, will perform “Nine Rasas” with clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Mohamed Shams, as part of a birthday celebration of composers John Harbison and Joan Tower. The performance will take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute as part of the WA Concert Series.  The Institute is located at 43A West 13th Street, New York City.   Click for ticket information.

Selected upcoming concerts

Pro Arte Quartet
Friday, September 21,8:00 PM, Mills Hall. Free admission. Featuring David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. Works of Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

Guest Artist Recital: Violist Elias Goldstein and pianist Angela Draghicescu
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 PM, Morphy hall. Free. Violist Elias Goldstein (DMA 2011) and pianist Angela Draghicescu will perform works from their upcoming CD, including a transcription of the Enescu Third Sonata, which will be released in fall 2018.

For many more events, please see our full calendar.

Our Full Concert Calendar


The School of Music offers a smorgasbord of performances each year; we invite you to visit our website and click on our events calendar. We also publish a season brochure that is mailed every August. To receive the brochure, please send your postal address to the School of Music.

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